No Small Feat

CST students entertain the crowd with a Yard Show.As Chairman of the board at CST, I want to deliver a personal thank you to the cast, crew, Shakespeare students, and all our wonderful volunteers who made this past weekend possible. Shakespeare in the Park was an absolute success. I heard over and over again from audience members how impressed they were with the quality of acting, the amazing set and the gorgeous costumes, and the sound.

It was no small feat to mount a production the caliber of A Midsummer Night's Dream outdoors…fighting the heat and the rain…..but you all did it and CST is proud of each and every one of you. Sending you our congrats and thanks!!!

A special shout out and thanks goes to Kelly Hite, our Development Director. Without her driving passion, seemingly unending energy, and attention to detail, the street festival with our super dining partners would never have happened. Thanks and congrats!

Thanks also to all our generous sponsors… especially to Urschel Labs. And also thanks to John Siebert and the Valpo Parks Department for partnering with CST.

This was a massive undertaking and not without tremendous risk. I appreciate that CST board and all our members realized how important it is to our mission and vision to bring theatre to the full community. Thank you to all who helped and backed this project!

As I was speaking with my neighbor, Lee, today, I realized just how successful we were. She was an audience member and she was thrilled with every aspect of the show, but what really thrilled me was her observation of a father and his 11 year old daughter as they were walking to their car after the production. The girl was marveling about the play…. the set, actors, costumes…. and finally summed it up with “Dad, that was just awesome!”

--Jonni Pera, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Chicago Street